portion

[ pawr-shuhn, pohr- ]
/ ˈpɔr ʃən, ˈpoʊr- /

noun

verb (used with object)


Nearby words

  1. portinari, cândido,
  2. porting,
  3. portio,
  4. portio supravaginalis,
  5. portio vaginalis,
  6. portion-controlled,
  7. portioner,
  8. portière,
  9. portland,
  10. portland cement

Origin of portion

1250–1300; Middle English porcion < Old French < Latin portiōn- (stem of portiō) share, part, akin to pars part

SYNONYMS FOR portion
1. section, segment. See part. 2. ration. 3. allotment, quota, lot, dividend. 4. inheritance. 5. fortune, lot, destiny, doom. 7. allot, apportion. 8. endow.

Related forms
Can be confusedportion potion

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British Dictionary definitions for portion

portion

/ (ˈpɔːʃən) /

noun

verb (tr)

Derived Formsportionless, adjective

Word Origin for portion

C13: via Old French from Latin portiō portion, allocation; related to pars part

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